26 tonnes of drugs torched in east
JALALABAD (PAN): Up to 26 tonnes of narcotics were set on fire in public in eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday, officials said.
The drugs were torched at a ceremony attended by deputy interior minister for counternarcotics, Lt. Gen. Baz Mohammad Ahmadi, and local officials.
The drugs had been seized by police, border police and officials of the National Directorate of Security over the past six months, Ahmadi told the gathering.
Up to 215 people, including three women, were detained and 46 vehicles seized in connection with the drugs, he said, adding the detainees had been referred to judicial department for investigation.
About 16781 litres of alcoholic beverages were also set afire.
Ahmadi said the provincial counternarcotics department was trying to bring at zero the cultivation of poppies in the eastern province.
A major part of the income generated from drugs ended up in the hands of terrorists, he said, adding most of security related incidents and tribal disputes were a result of drug trade.
In cooperation with local administration, he said, they would not let anyone to grow the illicit plant.
He also supported the ideas of Governor Gul Agha Sherzai who told a press conference on Tuesday that district chiefs and district police chiefs would be fired if they failed to prevent poppy cultivation in their respective areas.
Deputy governor Mohammad Hanif Gardiwal said people of three districts of Khogyani tribe and six districts of Shinwari tribe had assured him not to allow the cultivation of poppy crops in their areas.
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